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Barrio Star

503 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (14)
  • Fun (10)
  • Happy Hour (9)
The sky’s the limit at Barrio Star--presenting San Diego with modern Mexican Soul Food woven with bold Latin flavors and clever Asian touches.

As one of several restaurants created by award-winning chef and restaurateur Isabel Cruz, Barrio Star’s bright and lively décor is a metaphor for what we proudly serve. Our vibrant flavors and healthier renditions of classic Mexican dishes reveal thoughtfully presented menu items that are sure to please every palate.

Pairing with our well-prepared food is a mouthwatering beer and cocktail menu. Besides serving standard Mexican beers, we also offer rotating drafts as well as an extensive tequila menu. Kickstart the evening with our roasted jalapeno blackberry margarita and let the fiesta begin!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Open Daily: 11:00am - 9:30pm (Sunday and Monday close at 9:00pm)

Happy Hour Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
(3:00pm - 5:00pm Happy hour menu only)

Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
(Regular menu also available at this time)
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Phone number
(619) 501-7827
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Barrio Star's fresh local food is available for any occasion! Just reach out to us with the details and we'll take if from there.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Lots of street parking available as Barrio Star is centrally located one block away from Balboa Park.
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Public transit
Close to downtown and all major bus routes.
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Everything from classic rock to the good 'ole 90's! Whatever fits the mood we will play.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 503 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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William (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Great ambiance. This reataurant vibes with the festive spirits which I assume each holiday or event occassion. Overall good experience. Recommended for groups.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service can't say that enough! Food was very flavorful and delicious. It is kind of pricey but a fun spot.

vipFateoptional (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

This place was pretty good, lively and the service was alright. The waitress tried hard to break it to us nicely that there was no chicken left in the restaurant (we had a 815p Rez). Blood orange margaritas were good.

vipToddH (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

As Always this Spot is Awesome and Good for those Who Love Mexican Food.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Friends getting together for brunch, we each had a wonderful dish and if I could spell I would list them. The staff was very courteous. We would reccomend this restaurant.

eLLe (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

Smaller venue. Great food. Casual/slower service, but worth it if you arent in a hurry.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

We came for restaurant week and had a great experience! We appreciated the pace of the meal- we were in a relaxed mood and really taking our time but the courses came out at appropriate times- no rushing through. I had a margarita flight which was awesome. Loved our date night!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

The flavors and spices in the tacos and appetizers were superb, especially the cucumbers. I can't believe how good simple cucumbers can be. Loved the Pequeno Bowl too.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

We were seated about 30 minutes after our reservation time. We ordered chips and salsa as an appetizer, but our food came out first. We didn't eat much of the chips and salsa but still had to pay for it. Overall it was an expensive dinner for not that great of service.

vipLuLu (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

We decided to give Barrio Star one more try. The first time we ate there it was so delicious and the service was great - this was a couple of years ago. After that we had been back a couple more times with the last time having a horrrendous meal/service. I purchased a groupon and thought ok one more time. We were very happy - the service was great - the margarita flight was so yummy. My husband had the 3 taco plate and I had the pollo diablo. Both were great. It wasn't crowded so we think they've lost most of their clientele - but we will definitely be back hoping the meal/service stays spot on!

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Had a 9.15 reservation and got in just before the kitchen closed at 9.30
They were out of some dishes and the rice cold. Taco's were great

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Our server was absolutely outstanding AND we found out it was her birthday at the end of the night. She gave us great recommendations of chile relleno for my boyfriend and I got the taco plate with the salmon, steak and spicy chicken options. We loved both and she was so kind! I wish I could remember her name... but her birthday is August 30! :)

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Tried this on a whim because Open Table offered it up as a suggestion. Overall, it was pretty great. A couple little quirks keep it from a five-star experience (i.e. Undercooked rice in the side dish and an uninspiring tortilla soup), but everything else was great. Chips and salsa were just different enough from traditional to be notable. My husband had a carnitas torta and I had fish tacos, both of which were excellent. And even with undercooked rice, the flavor on the rice and beans side dish was great. The blood orange margarita was yummy. Service was spot on.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Grabbing a bite with out of town friends. The food and drinks were excellent as always. Great time socializing and catching up.

vipconniem (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Barrio Star has become our new favorite neighborhood restaurant. Service is excellent. We love being seated in the back room. Food is always delicious and we can have a healthy Mexican dinner!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

I was worried about ordering coconut rice in in the Brazil bowl at first considering it's billed as Mexican cuisine, but it was delicious! The tofu was almost charbroiled but still quite soft and flavorful.

glutes (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Been back twice to experience more of the menu.

Jnne (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent, interesting food in a casual atmosphere

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

Awesome food - neighborhood gem!! Great drinks and fun atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

Had a friend in town and wanted to find something unique. Found this restaurant on OpenTable and never heard of it before but it seem to have great reviews. Amazing dinner. The customer service was awesome. They treated us like we were the only people in the restaurant. The food was good and I would highly recommend it. We will definitely be going back again in the future